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Black Scranton Project gears up for Juneteenth Jubilee

Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

SCRANTON, Pa. — The nonprofit Black Scranton Project is observing Juneteenth in a way that will bring people of all cultures together.

Sunday marks the fourth year for the Juneteenth Jubilee in Scranton.

Organizers invite the community to come out for a day of food, live music, vendors, and other local resources.

The day is also a special one for the Black Scranton Project as the nonprofit celebrates its third anniversary of empowering the community.

"We just want to remind our Scranton community of the Black history and culture that is here but also the national recognition of that and have a beautiful day celebrating the Black Scranton Project," said Black Scranton Founder Glynis Johns.

The Jubilee kicks off Sunday at noon on North Main Avenue in Scranton. This year the block party is expanded onto Market Street. 

"We just want to bring everybody out and have a good time. We have a bounce house for the kids, live music, local artists will be performing, we have a lot of great local food vendors, and so we just want to remind our Scranton community of the Black history and culture that is here," Johns said.

"We also have a 'Going the Distance' walk that starts at 11:30 right here on North Main Avenue and basically that's to support the culture and community here and to encourage health and fitness," said Heather Rhodes.

While the celebration is a way to honor the day slavery ended in the United States, it's also a celebration of the creation of the Black Scranton Project

"We became a nonprofit in 2019, actually on Juneteenth, we became incorporated, so it is exciting that Juneteenth is also the third birthday of our nonprofit, so we are celebrating two incredible things," Johns added.

For more information check out Black Scranton Project's website.

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